Owego-Apalachin Schools

11 OFA student-athletes commit to play college athletics

The Owego Free Academy Athletics Department recognized 11 student-athletes yesterday who are planning to participate in college athletics next year. All 11 signed their commitment letters in the OFA Lobby yesterday in front of the student body. Here is the full list of the student-athletes and where they will be attending:

  • Cole Paradies, Basketball, Wells College (Div. 3)
  • Caleb Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
  • Micah Marshall, Football, Alfred University (Div. 3)
  • Mason Ford, Lacrosse, Maryville University (Div. 2)
  • Joe Kuchinski, Lacrosse, Wilkes University (Div. 3)
  • Tyler Short, Track & Field, Bryant and Stratton College (ICA)
  • Clayton Wolfe, Track & Field, University at Buffalo (Div. 1) or Binghamton University (Div. 1)
  • Bella Coleman, Volleyball, University of Virginia (Div. 1) or University of Rochester (Div. 3)
  • Makenna Kallin, Volleyball, Fredonia State (Div. 3)
  • Savannah Terry, Volleyball, Elmira College (Div. 3)
  • Devin Horton, Wrestling, Alfred State (Div. 3)

OACSD Board of Education approves budget

The Owego-Apalachin School District Board of Education adopted their final budget last night. The $45.9 million spending plan will go before district voters on May 16. It includes a 1.05 percent increase to the property tax levy, but individual tax rates will be determined by state equalization rates later this year. The district ended up receiving $360,000 more in state aid than they anticipated, which slightly increased the final budget from the plan that was presented in March. The proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year increases spending by 1.9 percent over the current year’s budget. Information sessions will be held for district voters at 6pm on Tuesday, May 2 at Apalachin Elementary and at 6pm on Thursday, May 4 at the District Offices.

Five people selected for O-A Wall of Fame

Five people have been named as the next members of the Owego-Apalachin Wall of Fame. The honorees will be inducted during a dinner ceremony on June 14. This year’s class includes: Spc. Charles Bilbrey, Jr., Janet Ellis, Lt. Col. R. Tracy Mead, Jr., Janey Sargent, and Jerry Slocum. The induction ceremony costs $30 per person. Reservations must be made by May 19 by calling Janet Kline in the district office at 607-687-6227.

OACSD Board to approve final budget tomorrow

When the Owego-Apalachin School District Board of Education meets tomorrow night, members are expected to approve the final budget proposal that will go before voters next month. The board will vote on a proposed $45 million dollar budget for the next school year. The budget increases spending and the property tax levy, according to superintendent Corey Green. GREEN. Owego-Apalachin residents will vote on the budget on Tuesday, May 16th. The meeting will begin at 7pm in the Board Room at the O-A District Office building.

OACSD Superintendent on WEBO Tuesday

Owego-Apalachin School District Superintendent Corey Green joined the WEBO Morning Show today to discuss the district’s proposed budget. The current proposal calls for a $45.8 million budget for next school year, which includes a 1.05 percent increase to the property tax levy. Green says the budget process is a balancing act. The district’s board of education will adopt a final proposal April 13 and it will be voted on May 16. Besides the budget, the district continues to work towards a project that will replace the track, playing field, and bleachers of Christy J. Valvo Stadium. They are waiting for FEMA approval of their plans, and then state approval before work begins. The full interview from today is available below.

Some local districts exceed snow days

After taking snow days during the Blizzard of 2017, many local school districts will now have to change vacation days into school days after they exceeded their allotted snow days for the year. That includes Owego-Apalachin, where Friday, May 26 will now be a full day of classes for students instead of the first day of a four-day weekend. Students in Johnson City, Maine-Endwell, Union-Endicott, and Vestal will also be in session that day. In addition, U-E and M-E students will have to return from spring break one day early to attend classes April 21. State law requires schools to be in session for a total of 180 days. School districts normally plan for a maximum of four to six snow days per year.

OACSD proposed budget for 2017-18 school year

Owego-Apalachin School District Superintendent Corey Green proposed his budget for the 2017-2018 school year to the board of education last night. The $45.8 million spending plan includes a proposed property tax levy increase of 1.05 percent. The budget is still in its preliminary stages and is waiting for final numbers from the state. Green’s proposal includes program enhancements and opportunities to students like additional STEM courses, a greater focus on agriculture, and more elective and AP offerings for high school students. Green told the board they are also keeping an eye on declining enrollment in the district and using that to help guide long-range planning. The district is projected to have 100-200 fewer students by the end of the 2021 school year. The full presentation will be posted on the district website today. A final district budget will be adopted April 13 and go to the voters in May.

OFA senior breaks more world lifting records

OFA Senior Lindsay Field broke three world power lift records at an event in Ithaca this weekend. The 17-year-old squatted 330 pounds, benched 115 pounds, and deadlifted 400 pounds to set new records for 16 and 17-year-old girls. The dead lift was 20 pounds heavier than the world record she set in the fall. Lindsay hopes to continue to break her own records this spring and summer.